The Muse Picture

Completed 02/2010, this piece is fairly old but a favorite. It was a gift for a friend's birthday and most of the details in the painting have some sort of symbolism:

Irises and Amethysts are both February birth symbols. Deeper meaning to each include references to the Greek Goddess who bore messages from Heaven to Earth and amethysts being the "Wisdom Stone" and as such being the ideal symbol of the Age of Aquarius.

Sapphires contribute to mental clarity and perception and were known as the Stone of Destiny, promoting success and financial rewards.

The leaves are laurel, symbolic of victory and fame, especially when gained after a long, inner struggle.

The golden crown and writing tablet/book/scroll are emblems often pictured with Calliope, the Ancient Greek muse of epic poetry.
Eris
#382 - Kyogre
The Muse
OC Hitomi
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